COVID-19 Coronavirus Update – 3/19/20


To All Camp Argo Families:

Your welfare is our top priority and we want you to be safe & healthy during this unprecedented challenge facing our communities. At Camp Argo, we are making preparations to ensure camp operates this summer as normally as possible. We are taking the time now to continually update our own health policies by tracking the public information made available regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of today, we will be continuing with Camp Argo’s summer program AS PLANNED, so that your child can look forward to enjoying a wonderful experience outdoors with their friends! Currently, we will be shifting our scheduled Open House on March 24th to a virtual model with the goal of providing a meaningful experience for those that would like to learn more about Camp Argo.

About Us

Camp Argo is an outdoor, recreational day camp located on 42 acres in Orange, Connecticut where siblings and friends can come together to enjoy the benefits of a summer experience.

Additionally, Camp Argo strives to accomodate campers with different social abilities in a safe, nurturing environment.

Open House 2020

March 24 (online via Zoom), April 21,
May 5, May 17, and June 16

Everyone is invited to attend our Camp Argo Open House from 6:00-7:00pm (rain or shine). Kids are always welcome!

If you are interested in learning more about camp, meeting some of the counselors, taking a brief tour and asking any questions, then please join us!

Park in the Camp Cedarcrest parking lot (886 Mapledale Rd., Orange, CT), walk across the bridge, and meet us in the main building.

Camp Argo is a non-profit organization and our mission is to promote and embrace the philosophy that “Everyone can be a HERO!” At Camp Argo we strongly feel that it is important for your child to grow through interactive play, traditional and non-traditional sports, and other creative outlets in a safe learning environment.

Camp Argo believes in empowering campers to dream big, be kind to one another, find their strengths, try their best, and learn to lead by example. To us at Camp Argo, this is the definition of a HERO!

Camp Argo helps each camper realize that the attributes of a true HERO are within all of us! With this in mind, our program is designed to emphasize the HERO-like characteristics that we discover within each other when trying new activities, participating in recreational group games, spending time with our peers, and giving back in the community.

In doing so Camp Argo recognizes the courageous & resilient HEROIC qualities our campers demonstrate and honor them at the end of each day. Also, Camp Argo invites local heroes, community leaders, artists, entertainers, and educators to come speak and work with our campers to give them a full, engaging camp experience. 

Camp Argo was named after the heroic story of Jason and the Argonauts, and their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece was the wool coat of a golden winged ram that was so valuable, the king had it hung on a tree protected by a fierce dragon. It was a feat deemed impossible.

Jason selected a team of HEROES called the Argonauts after the ship they were to set sail on, the Argo. It was to take them on a tremendous adventure where they would face many challenges along the way to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Each of the heroes played significant roles in winning these difficult challenges by using their personal strengths.

Similarly, our campers will also partake in many challenges and adventures throughout the summer. We hope our campers will use their individual talents to succeed in the activities they participate in at Camp Argo and to discover their inner HERO!

Board of Directors:

President:  Courtney Nevis

Treasurer:  Cathy Ianotta

Secretary:  Carson Echeverry

To contact the Board please email info@campargo.org.  

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Until Summer 2020

Our Program

Quick Facts About

Camp Argo

An outdoor recreational day camp
from 9am - 4pm welcoming all campers ages 4 - 15 years
located at Camp Cedarcrest in Orange, CT.

Summer 2020 Weekly Sessions

Week One: June 22-26
Week Two: June 29-July 3
Week Three: July 6-10
Week Four: July 13-17
Week Five: July 20-24
Week Six: July 27-31
Week Seven: Aug 3-7
Week Eight: Aug 10-14

Rates

Per Week Summer Rates:
$265 (1st camper)
$240 (each sibling)
$215 Extended School Year Option
$200 Counselor in Training
$165 Discovery Option

Discovery, CIT & ESY Options

Discovery Option (4yrs only)
9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

CIT Option (14 & 15yrs only)
8:30am-4:30pm

Extended School Year Option
12-4pm M-Th & ALL day Friday 9am-4pm
(those attending Summer School)

Extended Camp

Extended Camp options are
7:30am-9am or 4pm-5:30pm.
$10 flat rate per block
(includes all siblings)

Activities

Archery, Fishing, Canoeing, Hiking, Pedal-carts, Creative Arts, Collaborative Games, Songs, and so much more!

Inclusion Program

We also offer an Inclusion Program serving those in our community with special abilities.
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Our Program

Who, What & Why We Are:

Safety

We focus on the physical & emotional safety of our campers and support a bully-free environment.

Outside

Our staff emphasizes the importance of nature & the joy of being outdoors everyday, rain & shine!

Personal

We are able to maintain close personal contact with campers and encourage meaningful bonds amongst counselors & campers.

Encourage

We encourage our campers to demonstrate behaviors that a HERO would exhibit daily; altruistic, resolute, generous, & observant.

Guide

We guide our campers through conversations with each other to help build their self-confidence & develop positive relationships.

Social

Our diverse camp environment provides campers with social opportunities to connect with new faces from the surrounding communities.
Camper Registrations

2020 Camper Registrations
Will Begin February 15th

Camp Argo accepts online camper registrations ONLY via Campdocs.
Click the "Register" button below.

Applying for a partial Campership:
Click the "Campership Eligibilty Packet" below and return before April 15th.

Applying to be a part of the Inclusion Program:
Click the "Inclusion Camper & Parent Input Form" below.

1st
Camper

265
Per Week
  • Ages
    5 - 13
  • 9am - 4pm
    Monday-Friday

Sibling
Camper

240
Per Week
  • Ages
    5 - 13
  • 9am - 4pm
    Monday-Friday

Extended School Year

215
Per Week
  • Ages 5-13 After Summer School
  • 12-4pm M-Th &
    9am-4pm Fri

Counselor in Training

200
Per Week
  • Ages 14 & 15
    (6 spots per wk)
  • 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

Discovery
Option

165
Per Week
  • Age 4 Only
  • 9am - 12pm M-F or
    1pm - 4pm M-F

Discovery
Combo

330
Per Week
  • Age 4 Includes Extended Camp
  • 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri

Camper Spots Remaining... as of March 4th

80
Week 1
June 22-26
80
Week 2
Jun29-July3
80
Week 3
July 6-10
80
Week 4
July 13-17
80
Week 5
July 20-24
80
Week 6
July 27-31
80
Week 7
Aug 3-7
80
Week 8
Aug 10-14
Our Team

Camp Staff

At Camp Argo we feel that a big reason why campers will return year after year is in part because of the amazing relationship between themselves and our counseling staff.

We are determined to hire the most incredible individuals that are committed to the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of each camper.

The staff is excited to welcome your camper upon arrival and ensure they feel safe and connected to their group. Their focus will be to encourage your camper to believe in their abilities while learning new skills and having a blast all summer!

Camp Supervisors & Specialists

Jason Nevis

Camp Director
Coach Jason Nevis is currently the 5th-8th grade Physical Education teacher at Blackham Elementary School in Bridgeport. Previously he was the Athletics & Facilities Director, as well as the PE teacher at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park, CA which is where Camp Argo began in 2013!

Coach Nevis is personally connected with Camp Argo because his children attend and his two boys are autistic and part of the Inclusion Program at camp. Coach is excited to continue providing wonderful experiences for kids within the community, their siblings, families and friends each summer.

Linda McDonough

Inclusion Supervisor
Linda has been in both education as well as a business world since 1988 as a restaurant general manager and a chef. Linda has a BS from Villanova University in Liberal Arts, and a MA in Special Education. Currently, Linda is a Special Education teacher within Bridgeport Public Schools, more specifically within a Behavioral Support Classroom.

This summer, as one of our Camp Inclusion Supervisors, Linda is prepared to bring her passion for inclusion, patience, and creativity to camp. She is especially excited to return because she LOVES working with our amazing crew!

Megan Viento

Inclusion Supervisor
Megan joined the Camp Argo family in 2020. She holds a Masters of Science in School Psychology and, as of May, a Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology from Southern CT State University. Megan is excited to bring her love of all things camp combined with her professional training to Camp Argo. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and visiting the beach.

Madison Correa

Inclusion Supervisor
Madison is an elementary SPED teacher in New Haven. She graduated with her MS in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State. Madison LOVES supporting the 4/5 year old campers everyday!

Taylor Frissora

Activities Supervisor
Taylor is a Recreation Therapy student at Southern Connecticut State University. She enjoys photography, traveling, Disney, and working with children. Taylor is a very positive and optimistic person and loves to put a smile on other peoples faces. She has had years of experience with kids after working at a daycare and a previous summer camp. At Camp Argo, Taylor is excited to put smiles on campers faces and spread the joy of recreation to those throughout the camp.

Roxanna Miranda

Inclusion Supervisor
Roxanna is an Elementary School teacher and mother of three. She is certified in Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English of Speakers of Other Languages). She enjoys spending time outdoors and sharing her love of nature with others. Roxana has a considerable amount of experience being patient and providing a nurturing environment for children.

At Camp Argo, Roxanna is very eager to engage our campers with fun & creative activities in nature's classroom!

Courtney Nevis

Board Member
Courtney Nevis is currently a devoted stay at home mother of 3 beautiful children; Maggie, John and Beau; who all attend Camp Argo!

In order to support Camp Argo's belief that everyone can be a HERO, Courtney spends much of her time inviting local heroes, educators, community leaders, and charitable organizations to come speak about their positions in the community. As Board President, Courtney is continually focusing her efforts on fundraising and grant opportunities.

Jake Stewart

Activities Supervisor
Currently Jake is a Guidance Counselor at Stratford High School. Jake is extremely excited to continue teaching our campers archery, canoeing and leading our always fun Rainbow Races!

Head Counselors

Volunteers

VOLUNTEER COUNSELORS

For those that are high school age and older, you may apply as a volunteer counselor and the hours worked may satisfy your community service requirements. According to the State of CT Dept of Public Health Youth Camp states that if you are at least 16 years old, you may apply to be a volunteer counselor.

HEAD COUNSELORS (6)

A positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm for working with children are vital as a day camp counselor at Camp Argo. This is a great opportunity to build leadership skills while spending the summer outdoors! Patience is critical because our campers are away from home for the day and you may need to calm their nerves and help everyone have a great experience. A camp counselor at Camp Argo is enthusiastic in the planning, teaching, coordinating and the participation in all of our camp activities.

DAY CAMP SUPERVISOR

Camp Argo and our future campers want a professional that is passionate about working with children, is creative, thoughtful, adaptive, and able to be a part of a team! Our supervisor team consists of specialists in Activities, Inclusion & Wellness. Other areas consist of Creative Arts, Archery, Canoeing & Fishing.

Job Opportunities

Being a Camp Argo counselor can be one of the most meaningful jobs you will ever have; but it will take some work. To complete our Camp Argo staff, we are seeking members of the surrounding community that enjoy working with children and someone that is prepared to be the primary caregiver for each of our campers.

Staff Application

If you would like to apply this summer, please download the Camp Argo Staff Application and return to info@campargo.org or mail to 554 Boston Post Rd. #120, Orange, CT 06477

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